The basic bluebird house design can be made from one 1″x6″x4′ and one 1″x10″x10.5″ piece of untreated and unpainted wood. From these two boards, you will make cuts for the roof, floor, two sides and the front and back panels. Several different bird house designs for bluebirds include the Gilbertson, Peterson, Carl Little and Dandr nest box plans.
Wood is the only building material you should consider. Metals get extremely hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. Plastics are hard to work with and cardboard will not last. You should also consider the bird’s preferences, which will undoubtedly be for wood.
Now it is time to install your bluebird house. You should mount your nest box on an eight foot, 0.75 inch diameter galvanized pipe, with the entrance hole five feet off the ground. Mount the box away from prevailing winds and/or the hot midday sun. Also install a predator guard to keep snakes, raccoons and other predators from harming eggs, nestlings or even parents. Install, just under the box, either install a two to four foot long, eight inch diameter stovepipe or a PVC pipe sleeve on the pole, so it loosely shakes and keeps predators away.
Moreover, each of the bird house plans come with a lot of supporting components, such as blueprints, illustrations, diagrams, step-by-step instructions and a list of materials, tools and equipment. These features will definitely make it easier for the beginner woodworker to start building any type, style and size of house right away.
All in all, making a bird house is easy as long as you put your mind to it. The important thing of course is for you to enjoy what you are doing and the rest is simply a walk in the park. Nothing really beats seeing your finished project hanging on a tree somewhere with lovely birds nesting innocently on your creation. It brings unquestionable pride for you especially for anyone – especially kids – who may have a part on the making whether you used a pre-made bird house kit or made one from scratch.
Once you decide you want to build a bird house, you’ll need to get a set of bird house plans. A general set of plans will be useful if you want to the same style house for different types of birds, as each species has its own unique requirements for the bird house size. You can find several websites that have these types of plans, along with detailed building instructions. The plans will show you what pieces you will need to cut and the dimensions of those pieces for the particular type of bird you are building for.
Finally, you will need to decide how to mount and where to place your bird house. Depending on the species of bird, there are different mounting options. Some can be hung from a wire, some should be attached to a tree, and others should be placed on top of a pole. Where you locate the house is important, too. Birds have certain criteria, such as being near water, or in a shaded area or open field, and they won’t inhabit a house that does not meet their criteria. A little research will pay off in this area.
When making the floor, round the corners to provide ventilation inside the blue bird house. Be careful not to round them too much to make sure mice and snakes wont have enough space to get in and eat the eggs. Also remember that this is a specie of birds that don’t need a perch under the hole. They rather grip themselves to the rough wood and will not nest in a house equipped with a perch.
It’s important that bird houses shouldn’t be placed too close together. Some birds are programmed to protect territorial rights and conflicts could result in fights and in your hard work being ignored and unused.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a way to help your garden grow, cut down on your insect repelling expenses, and help the environment, then you should really consider building a bat a home. The bats will appreciate the kindness you have shown them and pay you back ten fold.